San Francisco is Doing Great Things That Other Cities Should Copy


Written by Michael Graham Richard

This great video by our friends at Streetfilms gives a great overview of what the city of San Francisco has been doing in the recent past to make the city more people-scaled, rather than car-centric, and thus greener.

The beauty here, and what excites me about most of these so-called ‘tactical’ initiatives, is that they can be done quickly and cheaply, which means that if other US cities wake up and decide to commit to more pedestrian, cyclist, and transit-friendly cities, they can make a lot of progress very quickly.

I also think that dynamic parking pricing, which is being pioneered in SF, should be the norm everywhere. It just makes more sense than the flat rates that we have now; why make people pay the same thing when there’s 100 empty spots as when there are 2? By making street-parking more expensive during peak time, you insure that those who really need a spot can find one, and that those who could have taken transit or walked rather than driven there will do so. The pricing mechanism allocates a scarce resource more efficiently and everybody wins.

For more details on how dynamic parking pricing works in SF, check out the official website of SFPark.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Stanley Rampersad
Stanley Balgobin3 years ago

I visited San Francisco in 1963 while I was a student at Berkeley High, does anyone go back that far in time?

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Congrats to SF.

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago


Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago


Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago


J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

cutting edge stuff

Danny M.
Danny M.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Mit Wes
Mit Wes3 years ago

NYC took a different tact decades ago. They simply elliminated many parking areas. But, even before that, the sane mainly traveled by train.

Which brings up another point. As great as bolstering your local MTA is, don't expect that to be any kind of panacea for crime. It won't even come close. Again, i use my hometown, NYC, which always boasted the highest Mass transit usage per capita in the US but, nonetheless, has seen high and low crime rates at different times.

Arild Warud
Arild Warud3 years ago


Monica D.
Monica D.3 years ago

This sounds good. Cycling, walking and public transit are more environmentally friendly. Good for San Francisco!